“It can take a very, very long time to find the right place for us to move into, but when we do, one of the key things to say about our build approach is that we work with the building. We respect its history. If there are original features, we celebrate them. If it’s listed, we respect that and do much to ensure its long term health such as re-pointing stonework and putting in the right windows as they typically need them. If there are things that the building needs to fulfil its potential, we don’t skirt around that. We fundamentally don’t believe in taking shortcuts, we are happy to go back to the drawing board and start afresh. We do things properly, carefully and thoroughly so the building is restored to its former glory, or in some cases, it’s a case of letting it reach a potential that it never had the chance to before,” explains Tim Buxton, head of property at Neptune.
“We’re currently working on a project on a soon-to-be-announced store opening that we really have developed entirely from scratch. We’re yet to open a store that has involved completely demolishing the former building and building completely new, but it was in such shocking condition. The fabric of the building was cheap, there was no insulation, there were seven different levels on just one floor – it was a bit of a disaster, but the location and surroundings were perfect